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Is there life after SNL for Brooks Wheelan? These stars did just fine

15 July 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedian has apparently been fired from the sketch show after just one season. But, as we found out, there's still hope

Saturday Night Live pretty boy Brooks Wheelan tweeted on Monday night that he had been fired from the most famous sketch comedy show in the Us after just one season.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (198285)

It was very dog eat dog. I didn't have a bag of characters that I could start pulling from. I didn't have a writer that wrote for me. I wasn't a stand-up. I was just this actress hoping to get material that I could then make funnier.

I didn't know how to work the system at all. Plus, there were a lot of drugs and I didn't realise everyone was on drugs I was a little bit naive.

It wasn't like I did something wrong. I was that last year of the old guard and they started anew. »

- Lilah Raptopoulos

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Big Screen to Small Screen: Top 10 Films About Television

13 July 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.

However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »

- Frank Ochieng

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Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies

7 July 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For some of the oldsters out there they may recall the 1973 Gamble & Huff-produced R&B hit single “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by the musical group The Intruders. This musical anthem was certainly a lyrical tribute to caring mothers and how their sacrifices shaped our childhood and adulthood.  This finger-snapping song definitely captured the spirit of motherly guidance.

Naturally film has had its share of depicting motherhood over the decades. In fact, mothers of all types are presented before our eyes in packages of being nurturing, notorious, nutty, naive and nonsensical. However, there is something so special about the mother-son relationship that rivals the father-daughter dynamic. We have our share of proud Mama’s boys out there roaming about in society.

In Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies we will examine some of the big screen bonds that have been celebrated between the Mommy Dearests »

- Frank Ochieng

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Spotlight on Billionaire Jeff Skoll

6 July 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Robert Welkos Name: Jeff Skoll Net Worth: $2.7 billion ( to $3.8 billion (Forbes) Source Of Wealth: eBay ‘Bio: Born to a middle-class family in Canada, Skoll graduated with honors in electrical engineering program at the University of Toronto, then went backpacking around the world before entering Stanford Business School, where he earned an Mba degree. He was the first full-time employee and first president of eBay, the Internet auction firm. He sold a portion of his company holdings for $2 billion. In 1999. he created the Skoll Foundation, which quickly became the world’s largest foundation for social entrepreneurship. In 2004, he created the movie production company Participant Media. In 2009. he founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund, focusing on issues that could bring the world to its knees: climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and Middle East conflict. Marital Status: Single Hollywood Connections: Participant Media seeks to make films that »

- Robert W. Welkos

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The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13)

23 June 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

There are people out there who have never seen The Princess Bride. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to society, and generally living happy, semi-fulfilled lives. But whisper a perfectly-timed “mawage” in their direction during a wedding, and the resulting blank stare or awkward chuckle will expose an inconceivable pop-cultural blind spot. Someone failed them when they were growing up.

In many ways it’s too late for them, but we can still save the next generation. The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) is a starting point. This isn’t a list of the 55 “best” kids movies, »

- EW staff

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

19 June 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.Here's our very (and we mean very) early predictions for the best supporting actor race, which has a strong contender already in J.K. Simmons, who won raves for his performance in Sundance standout "Whiplash." But there's a lot still to come, from Albert Brooks ("A Most Violent Year") to Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro ("Inherent Vice") to Mark Ruffalo (getting rave reviews for "Foxcatcher" out of Cannes). Check out predictions in other categories here. Best Bets From What We've Seen (There's Actually Quite a Few): Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Ethan Hawke, Boyhood Phillip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper): Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice Albert Brooks, A Most Violent Year Johnny Depp, Into The Woods Benicio Del Toro, Inherent Vice Robert Duvall, »

- Peter Knegt

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Colin Firth leaving as voice of 'Paddington' movie -- Exclusive

17 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Paddington is losing his voice.

Colin Firth, who was providing the impeccably polite tones of the stuffed bear in a read hat, has split with the film in the midst of production.

“After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling,’” The King’s Speech Oscar-winner said in a statement to EW.

It’s rare for an actor to leave a project this late, with a trailer for the December movie having already been released. But it’s not uncommon for voice actors to drop out periodically.

Last year, Scarlett Johansson famously replaced Samantha Morton as the disembodied voice »

- Anthony Breznican

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Colin Firth Departs 'Paddington,' Cites a 'Conscious Uncoupling'

17 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Taking a cue from Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth is leaving the "Paddington" production.

"After a period of denial, we've chosen 'conscious uncoupling,'" Firth joked in a statement to Entertainment Weekly about his departure from the animated flick about the lovable British bear.

Firth and director Paul King chalked up the decision to Firth's voice just not quite fitting the character, a discovery the pair said was mutual and without malice.

"It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn't have my voice," Firth's statement said. "I've had the joy of seeing most of the film and it's going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I'm pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him."

EW notes that while it's strange for an actor to leave a project so »

- Katie Roberts

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Albert Brooks in Talks to Join Illumination's Untitled Pets Project

17 June 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Albert Brooks is in negotiations to board a currently untitled animated pets project that Universal and Illumination Entertainment's are putting together. Hannibal Buress, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan and Ellie Kemper will also voice roles in the comedy adventure.

Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart are making their animated debuts in the project, which tells the story of what a group of pets in a Manhattan apartment do while their owners are at work. The building's canine leader, Max (Louis C.K.), finds his pampered life interrupted when his owner brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a slob that is lacking in personality. The duo finds themselves out on the streets of New York, where they have to set aside their differences to take on a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart). The bunny has plans to build an army of abandoned pets that are out to turn the tables on humanity.

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- MovieWeb

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Casting: Brooks, Kendrick, Harewood, Miller

17 June 2014 6:26 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Untitled Pets Project

Albert Brooks, Hannibal Buress, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan and Ellie Kemper will join Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart in the 3D animated comedy adventure "Untitled Pets Project" for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

The story deals with dogs in Manhattan hanging out while their owners are away. Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney will co-direct. [Source: The Wrap]


Anna Kendrick will star as the relentlessly upbeat princess Poppy in the comedy musical "Trolls" for DreamWorks Animation.

The story follows colorful big haired dolls that became a popular toy among collectors during the 1960s and later again in the 1990s. Mike Mitchell ("Shrek Forever After") will direct the film which will open November 2016. [Source: Variety]

Tulip Fever

David Harewood has scored a role in Justin Chadwick's 17th century-set drama "Tulip Fever" for The Weinstein Company.

The story follows century Dutch woman who begins an affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. »

- Garth Franklin

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Albert Brooks & More to Voice Illumination's Animated Pets Project

16 June 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Earlier this year, we got word that comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart would be lending their voices to an Untitled Pets Movie, an animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, the same company behind Despicable Me. Now the voice cast has expanded with even more great comedic talent. The Wrap reports stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bobby Moynihan, In a World... lead Lake Bell and "The Office" regular Ellie Kemper will also voice characters in the film that Universal has slated to open on February 12th, 2016. But the real treat is Albert Brooks is in talks as well. For those who missed our initial report on this project, the story follows a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.) who gets agitated when his master brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But things get worse when the two dogs find themselves stuck in the streets of New York City, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Albert Brooks in Talks for Illumination's Untitled Pets Project

16 June 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's fifth fully-animated movie, their Untitled Pets Project, already has a very funny trio of voice actors in Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart, all making their animated debuts, but The Wrap reports they'll be joined by Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), "Saturday Night Live" veteran Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell and Ellie Kemper ("The Office"). Furthermore, they're in talks with Albert Brooks to join the voice cast, following his memorable role as Marlin in Pixar's Finding Nemo and its upcoming sequel Finding Dory. »

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Casting Net: Emilia Clarke to headline indie psychological thriller; Plus Jason Momoa, Anna Kendrick, more

16 June 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will play the lead in the psychological thriller Voice From the Stone, based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio RaffoEric D. Howell will make his feature directorial debut with the story adapted by Andrew Shaw set in 1950s Tuscany about a nurse (Clarke) who gets caught up in an evil force inside the castle where she is taking care of a young boy dealing with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy in November. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Clarke’s former Game of Thrones co-star »

- Jake Perlman

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Teresa Palmer Joins Point Break; Emilia Clarke Set for Voice From The Stone; Anna Kendrick, Albert Brooks, and More Take Voice Roles

16 June 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake. Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone. Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls. Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Teresa Palmer is in talks to join director Ericson Core’s (Invincible) Point Break remake.  Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey are already set in the leads, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Albert Brooks in Negotiations for Illumination's ‘Pets’ Project; 4 More Join Voice Cast (Exclusive)

16 June 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Funny people Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Lake Bell (“In a World…”) and Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) have joined the cast of Universal and Illumination Entertainment's “Untitled Pets Project,” while Albert Brooks is also in negotiations to join the 3D comedy adventure, TheWrap has learned. It was previously announced that Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart will make their animated debuts in the film, which will be Universal and Illumination's fifth fully-animated feature collaboration. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the film, which Chris Renaud (“Despicable Me”) will direct and. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Albert Brooks Set For Pets Project

16 June 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Way back in January, the first casting information broke for the new Universal / Illumination (Aka Team Despicable Me) ‘toon about pets, with Louis C.K. Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet aboard. We still don’t know what the thing is called, but we do know that Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Ellie Kemper will be joining them in the voice booth.The film plans to take a Toy Story-style peek into the world of pets inhabiting a Manhattan apartment building, and explain how they fill their days once their human owners shuffle off to work. Their time apparently involves swapping stories, practicing their cute faces to secure the best snacks and generally chilling.For Max (Louis C.K.) a smart rescue terrier used to being the centre of attention in his home, this particular day will be more challenging than usual thanks to the arrival of mongrel »

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Angus MacLane Co-Directing Finding Dory With Andrew Stanton

11 June 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Cars 2 fizzled and Monsters University didn’t really offer much to Monsters Inc. fans, Pixar has proven with Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 that it understands how to make great sequels. So we’re holding out hope for Finding Dory, a sequel to Oscar winner Finding Nemo, especially because the first film’s director Andrew Stanton is back on board. Unfortunately, we won’t get to see it until 2016 because of The Good Dinosaur getting delayed and moved to Dory‘s spot, but at least we’ve got some interesting news about the film to tide us over.

While tweeting about an amusing Lego creation, Stanton let slip that Pixar veteran Angus MacLane is co-directing Finding Dory with him:

From my co-director’s clever Lego “couch” series: “@AngusMacLane: Tony Stark having a drink on a couch, in Lego.”

— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) June 5, 2014

Yes, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Nanubhai Education Foundation raises over $60,000 at 10th Anniversary Gala!

25 May 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

th Anniversary Gala!" width="300" height="199" title="Nanubhai Education Foundation raises over $60,000 at 10th Anniversary Gala!" />Over 300 supporters attended The Nanubhai Education Foundation’s 10th Anniversary celebration. The event hosted at 404 NYC was held in honor of a decade of commitment to transforming public education in rural India. Sakina Jaffrey from the Primetime Emmy Award nominated original series, House of Cards, came to support the organization, along with Sheetal Sheth, best known for her role opposite Albert Brooks in Looking for Comedy In The Muslim World. Another big supporter that dazzled the evening was Award-winning director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri.

Spokesman for Nanubhai Education Foundation, Actor Manish Dayal, best known for his role as Raj Kher, in The CW series 90210 also attended the Nef gala. Dayal has made big news for his upcoming leading role as Hassan Kadam in the DreamWorks Studios film adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey (based on the »

- Press Releases

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The Mythology and Symbolism of ‘Drive’

18 May 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

An analytical mind can, and will, find patterns behind everything, whether they are there or not. It is one of the many reasons why films and other forms of fiction are so often dissected and recast to reveal hidden meanings and deeper truths, by those who would think a little too much, a little too hard. Often this behavior could easily be mistaken for paranoia, were it not for the nature of the subject they unravel. Some movies are custom built to be broken apart, like the works of Kubrick or Malick or Lynch. Numeracy and variety of interpretation are the reassuring signs that, no, you have not lost your mind. So it is always a little special when a film that on the surface bears no signs of ulterior motive becomes the subject of mass deconstruction by a plethora of critics, casuals, and the insane. Case in point would »

- Scott Patterson

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Andy Samberg hosts 'Saturday Night Live' finale this weekend: Talk about it here!

17 May 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Nearly a decade after launching the revolution, Andy Samberg returns to reign over the world he created.

Let’s back up. Samberg joined the cast of SNL in September 2005, just a month after his 27th birthday. Nobody really knew who he was, though, until December 17 of that year, when The Lonely Island’s second-ever Digital Short, “Lazy Sunday,” premiered — and almost immediately became an Internet sensation. Sure, it helped that the short’s debut coincided with the rise of YouTube, which had launched in February of 2005, and its “white guys rapping about mundane stuff” premise gave plenty of fodder for homages and parodies – but really, »

- Hillary Busis

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